University Research Council (URC)

The University Research Council (URC), administered by the Senior Vice President for Research, is the governance body for research operations and strategies at Penn State. The URC members serve as research liaisons for their academic areas including University Park, the commonwealth campuses and the College of Medicine at Hershey. 

The members include Associate Deans of Research, Institute Directors, Director of Federal Relations, Assistant Vice Presidents, Fellows, and other PSU delegates appointed by the Senior Vice President for Research that are broadly representative of the research-oriented focus among the Penn State community.  Meetings occur eight times throughout the calendar year.   

For questions regarding URC meetings or membership, please contact ovpr@psu.edu. For a printer-friendly table of URC members, please click here

 

 

URC Members

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Omid Ansary

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chancellor's Office
C119 Olmsted Building, Harrisburg, PA
717-948-6103

Andrew August

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Abington Campus
119 Sutherland Building
215-881-7300

D. Scott Bennett

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts
105 Sparks Building
814-865-1439
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Mallika Bose

Interim Associate Dean of Research
219 Stuckeman Family Building
814-863-8136

Rick Brazier

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
111 Old Main
814-863-0327

Sarah Bronson

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research, College of Medicine
H166 Physiology
717-531-5194
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James Crandall

Director of Environmental Health and Safety
5B Eisenhower Parking Deck University Park, PA 16802-2116
814-863-3767

Kathryn Drager

Associate Dean for Research, College of Health & Human Development
325 Health & Human Development Building
814-863-2426

Jenni Evans

Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
509 Walker Building
814-865-3240

Corey Griffin

Associate Dean for Research, Altoona Campus
W110 Smith Building
814-949-5746

John R. Hellmann

Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
248D Deike Building
814-865-7659
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Mihoko Hosoi

Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications, University Libraries
510 Paterno Library
814-863-5451

Steven Huddart

Senior Associate Dean, Smeal College of Business
210 Business Building
814-865-0041

Judy Hupcey

Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research,College of Nursing
Hershey Medical Center
717-531-4160

Greg Kelly

Senior Associate Dean of Research, Outreach and Technology
241 Chambers Building
814-863-1489

Ivor Knight

Associate Dean for Research, Erie-Behrand Campus
103 Glehnhill Farmhouse
814-898-6160

Daniel Leri

Grants & Contracts Manager
101C Technology Center
814-865-2880

George A. Lesieutre

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering
102 B Hammond Building
814-863-0103

Hong Ma

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Eberly College of Science
517 Thomas Building
814-863-0555

James Marden

Professor of Biology, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
201 Life Sciences Building
814-863-3842

Susan M. McHale, CHAIR 2019-2020

Director, Social Science Research Institute
114 Henderson Building
814-865-1528

Eduardo Mendieta

Rock Ethics Institute
203 Sparks Building
814-865-1553

Prasenjit Mitra

Associate Dean for Research, Information Sciences and Technology
E397G Westgate Building
814-865-2379

Adam Muchmore

Associate Dean for Research
323 Lewis Katz Building
814-865-8972
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Dara E. Purvis

Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships
327 Lewis Katz Building
814-865-8996

Christopher Rahn

Associate Dean for Innovation, College of Engineering
150A Hammond Building
814-865-6237

Clive Randall

Director, Materials Research Institute
N-221 Millennium Science
814-863-1328

Tom Richard

Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
131 Land & Water Research Building
814-863-0291

Ford Risley

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, College of Communications
211 Carnegie Building
814-865-2181
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Gregory Shearer

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Chair, Faculty Senate; Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences
110 Chandlee Lab
814-867-3040

Paul Shrivastava

Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of Sustainability Institute
103 Land & Water Research Building
814-865-4415

Paul E. Sullivan

Executive Director, Applied Research Lab
1000A ARL Building
814-865-6343

Gary A. Thompson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Agricultural Sciences
217 Agriculture Administration Building
814-865-3136

Harl Tolbert

Assistant Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Management
113 Technology Center
814-865-6277

Sheila L. Vrana

Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine
H138 Hershey Medical Center
717-531-8495
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Don Welch

Interim Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
401 Old Main
814-865-3540

Amanda Wintersteen

Director of Federal Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations
117 Old Main
814-865-5431

Invited Attendees

Pallavi Eswara

Director of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
304 Old Main
814-865-2626

Lara Fowler

Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Senior Lecturer, Penn State Law
Lewis Katz Building

Jenifer Hoffman (per Judy Hupcey)

Director for Research Administration
201 Nursing Sciences Building
814-865-9337

Ruth Weber

Assistant Vice President for Research Operations
304 Old Main
814-876-1463

Ex-Officio Members

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Jeffery Dodds, DVM

Interim Director, Animal Resource Program
101 Centralized Biological Lab
814-865-1495

Jeffery B. Fortin

Associate Vice President for Research & Director of Industrial Partnerships
304 Old Main
814-865-6042

John Hanold

Associate Vice President for Research, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
110 Technology Center
814-863-0768

Michelle Hutnik

Director of Research Analytics and Communications
304 Old Main
814-863-6311

Greg Madden

Associate Chief Information Officer for Research
1G Old Main
814-865-2536

Leslie Parent

College of Medicine
H175, Hershey Medical Center
717-531-7199

Shashank Priya

Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Strategic Initiatives
304 Old Main
814-863-9657

James "Jim" Taylor

Manager, Office of Research Information Systems
105 The 330 Building
814-865-0681

Michael F. Verderame

Senior Associate Dean
211 Kern Building
814-865-2516
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Lora G. Weiss

Sr. Vice President for Research
304 Old Main
814-865-6332

Candice Yekel

Associate V.P. for Research, Director, Office of Research Protections
Suite 250, The 330 Building
814-865-1775